India and South Africa have agreed to deepen engagement in key areas of defence production, manufacturing, mining and minerals for development both the countries.
In the bilateral dialogue lasted for an hour with South African President Jacob Zuma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi projected India as an attractive destination for manufacturing of defence equipment and platforms and said both countries can join hands in not only meeting needs of each other but also to respond to regional and global demand.
“We know that we can count on the active support of our friends, like South Africa,” he said.
In a joint press interaction with Zuma, Modi invoked Mahatma Gandhi and said he belongs as much to India as to South Africa.
“For me personally, this visit is an opportunity to pay homage to two of the greatest human souls to have ever walked this Earth – Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela,” said Modi.
Talking about combating terrorism, Modi said it attacks the very foundations of society and that both countries agreed to combat it with active cooperation.
“Beyond economic ties, and links of business, trade and investment, we can also partner in the field of defence and security. Both, at the level of industry and for our strategic and security needs,” teh PM said.
Prime Ministered remembered Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi while delivering the joint statement and said South Africa visit gave him an opportunity to pay homage to 2 of the greatest souls to have ever walked the Earth – Mahatma Gandhi & Nelson Mandela
Outlining the common agenda of both countries, PM Modi said that India South Africa is partnering to shape int’l agenda thru IBSA & BRICS. He said that Climate change is a shared concern of two nations.
“Climate change is a shared concern, India and South Africa can be effective platform for promoting solar energy,” said the Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in South Africa as part of his four-nation Africa tour aimed at enhancing ties with the continent, particularly in the economic sphere.
“In the footsteps of history, PM Narendra Modi arrives in Pretoria for the second leg of his Africa tour,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Modi’s arrival in Pretorio.
During his stay in South Africa, PM Modi will undertake a journey by the historic train on Saturday which was taken by Mahatma Gandhi to Pietermaritzburg. Gandhi was thrown out of the train when he refused to follow the order to move out of a first class compartment in which coolies and non-whites were not allowed to travel.
The Prime Minister will take the last 15 kms of the journey to Pietermaritzburg, besides visiting the Pheonix ashram.
Modi completed one day visit to Mozambique on Thursday in the first leg of his five-day tour and signed three crucial MoUs in Energy, Agriculture and Defence sectors.
PM held wide-ranging talks with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and the two countries agreed to strengthen security and defence ties and bolster cooperation in food security.
The focus of the African tour is to on deepening cooperation in areas of hydrocarbons, maritime security, trade and investment, agriculture and food. Modi will also travel to Tanzania and Kenya.